I love Google Sites. They are quick and easy to make, and they even allow a good amount of customization. Unfortunately, not everybody knows just how much you can change to make a site your own. So, at the Iowa 1:1 Conference in Des Moines, Iowa I used one of my four presentation slots to share some of my favorite tips on how to make a Google Site not look like a Google Site!
The conference itself was a great day of learning, and an ideal opportunity for educators to connect on everything associated with implementing a 1:1 technology program. If you ever get the chance to attend this yearly event, I would definitely recommend you stop by some time because this, and ITEC, are among the best technology conferences in Iowa.
It was the first time I had given this particular presentation, but it looked to be well received and the 60 minute session soon flew by. As such, I thought I would provide a link here to the conference website where my notes, and those of my colleagues are stored, in case you too are interested in building better Google websites. There were only so many things I could include in sixty minutes, but these are some of my favorites.
You can find my tips on Google Sites here, and explore presenter notes from all the sessions at the Iowa 1:1 conference wiki. Meanwhile, if you are looking for some inspiration as to what can be created using some of the techniques I outline, you can check out a slideshow of some of the Google websites I have created for Grant Wood AEA below.